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The Middle East in the Contemporary World (MECW)

A Strategic Research Area at Lund University

The Middle East in the Contemporary World (MECW) is a multi- and transdisciplinary strategic research area, hosted and supported by the Center for Advanced Middle Eastern Studies, comprising staff from five different faculties at Lund University.

MECW is a multi- and transdisciplinary strategic research area.

MECW was established through Swedish government funding under the Swedish Government Strategic Research Area initiative, launched in the research and innovation bill of 2008. Middle Eastern Studies in Lund were recognized as one of a small number of research environments in Swedish Higher Education institutions deemed to be “of the highest international quality”, and “to contribute towards dealing with important societal challenges”.

Research Excellence Areas

Lund University has one of Sweden's strongest and broadest research environments and is recognised as one of the world's top research-led full-scale universities. Over recent years, Lund University has achieved major success in obtaining large research grants. Annually, over SEK 5 billion goes to research across nine faculties. Lund University has also distinguished itself in the allocations of Linnaeus environments and the Swedish Government’s investment in strategic research areas. These successes are largely a result of the interdisciplinary research carried out and the diversity that our full-scale university has to offer. 

Read more about Research excellence areas here

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Strategic Plan for the Strategic Research Areas 2020-2030

The Vice-Chancellor has approved a new university-wide strategy for Lund University's Strategic Research Areas (SRAs). The allocation of roles and responsibilities is stated for future work. The strategy is based on the University’s collective knowledge and experience of development and governance of these environments, from the first strategic decision to invest in development of a new area to the managing and further development of world-leading strategic research areas.

Read more about the strategy here


Scientific Coordination

Karin Aggestam, Professor of Political Science, CMES Director, MECW Scientific Coordinator

karin [dot] aggestam [at] svet [dot] lu [dot] se

Ronny Berndtsson, Professor of Water Resource Engineeering, CMES Deputy Director, MECW Deputy Scientific Coordinator 

ronny [dot] berndtsson [at] tvrl [dot] lth [dot] se

State of the Art Critical Knowledge

MECW is committed to producing much needed state of the art information and critical knowledge on the Middle East to the academic, as well as the policy, business and advocacy community and the broader public. To this end, run a number of innovative research, outreach and educational projects and programs, organised into broad and partially overlapping themes.